Your Essential Travel Guide To Boulogne
Discover Things To Do In Boulogne
Holidays and day trips to Boulogne have been popular with British tourists for generations thanks to its location on France's northern coastline and its beautiful town centre.
Boulogne's Ville Basse (lower town) is home to the port and the riverside with markets every Wednesday and Sunday. Here you’ll also find the aquarium de Boulogne sur mer.
Ville Haute (upper town) is a medieval town centre with original castle walls, containing the Castle, the Belfry and the Town Hall, as well as winding, narrow streets full of cafes, shops and restaurants. Ville Haute is most popular with tourists as it is a typically ‘French’ town centre.
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What to see in Boulogne?
Wander the beautiful town centre of Ville Haute. Here you can find the medieval Castle, built in the 13th century, and surrounded by a moat filled with water lilies. The Chateau includes a museum with a collection of Greek, Egyptian and Roman artefacts, as well as an important collection of masks of Alaska.
History fans will also enjoy the Cathedral, where you can see cannonballs used by King Henry VIII during his successful siege of Boulogne. Walk along the castle walls and you can enjoy a stunning view of both the port and the old town.
In Ville Basse you will find Nausicaà, an aquarium with over 35,000 animals of approximately 1000 different species.
Boulogne is famous for its beach, which has seasonal amenities for children during the summer. The city is also within easy driving distance of popular beaches such as Equihen, Le Hardelot or Le Portel.